Maggie Crum 9 year old girl bitten by a shark in knee deep water at New Smyrna Beach during Florida family vacation. 10th shark attack this year at beach.
A 9-year-old Ohio girl has survived a shark attack after being bitten in the leg while swimming in knee-deep water while vacationing with her family in Florida.
The girl, Maggie Crum, was in the water off the coast of New Smyrna Beach on Friday morning when she felt a sharp pain in her leg, the Today Show reported.
‘It felt like a grab at first and then it just ripped into the skin, and that’s when it hurt and felt like a bite,’ the 9 year old said.
Crum’s mother, Aimee Breiding, recalled hearing her daughter scream.
‘She lifted her leg out of the water, and I saw blood running down her leg,’ Breiding told Today. ‘I was like, ‘Let’s get out of the water!’ With as big of cuts as was in the back of her leg, we knew right away it was a shark.’
The fourth grader received 12 stitches in her leg after the bite, but that has hardly dampened her spirits about going back into the ocean, she said.
‘What are the odds that you’re going to be bit twice?’ she said according to WESH.
‘I’m pretty sure if it happens once then there’s like zero percent chance it will happen again,’ Maggie said.
Of note, Crum was the 10th person this year and fifth person in the past month to be bitten near New Smyrna Beach, according to the morning show.
New Smyrna Beach is known as the shark attack capital of the world according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.